Tap Dancing to Patience: A Shift in Perspective

April 24, 2015 3:02 PM

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In the dark of the morning I wake suddenly wondering if I have missed the alarm. I reach for my phone; it is not yet 2 a.m. Rolling over, I return to sleep. I wake again, but this time with the panicky feeling that I have somehow not heard my alarm. I think, "Is something wrong with the settings on my phone?" It is 3:45. I close my eyes again and finally rise with my alarm at 4:45, exhausted. I could skip my morning workout, but I will likely not return to sleep and I will have more energy if I go.

I prepare a smoothie of banana, mixed berries and protein powder, and relax, allowing myself to soak up the stillness of the morning along with the natural sugars of the fruit and tiny granules of protein before leaving for my 5:30 a.m. class. I have decided to only stay for the cycling portion of t...

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